Friday, December 26, 2008

Spitting Image: A Job Has Been Created in Doncaster



Remember in the 1980s when ITN on a Friday used to detail all the job losses that week? It infuriated the Thatcher government. I wonder if they are thinking of reinstituting it.

7 comments:

Brave Sir Robin said...

This used to infuriate me as well. Only MAJOR job gains and losses counted - 10,000 new jobs in modern hi-tech industies spread over 200 companies would be ignored, whilst the 2,000 lost when a single engineering company went bust went into the figures. Even using this distorted criteria the figures were starting to look positive by the mid 1980's and ITN then suspiciously dropped the feature.

Alan Douglas said...

Feature no longer available.

Sir Robin - the two words GOOD and NEWS are a contradiction in terms.

Alan Douglas

wv don' l' hear - precisely !

Andrew said...

Those were TORY job losses Iain, whereas Labour job losses are a clever structural re-ordering of the economy masterminded by the Great Leader...

Vulgar Red Pullover said...

haha :P I can only imagine the satirical media having a very good year in 2009.

CROWN said...

It is one of my favourite sketches along with Hesletine explaining the sinking of the Belgrano outside the exclusion zone.

Just wish we still had comedy like this today

yellowbelly said...

They've already been doing it, Iain, haven't you been watching?

Mark Austin has been reading out job losses for weeks now.

Mike Rouse said...

I think they already did bring it back